Sydney Gardens is one of Britain’s best remaining Georgian Pleasure Gardens. It opened in 1795 and was a favourite spot of Jane Austen.
Now it is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike as a respite from the busyness of central Bath - it is a short walk from the city centre and situated behind the Holburne Museum.
The park is an ideal place for a picnic or a dog walk, and has direct access onto the Kennet and Avon Canal. The Great Western Railway also runs through Sydney Gardens making it an ideal place for trainspotting.
What can I see?
The Gardens have close up views of trains and canal boats and glimpses of the wider city of Bath amongst the historic trees. You can explore the central promenade and its listed buildings including the Loggia, an original feature of the 18th Century Gardens, and the Temple of Minerva which was added in the early 20th Century.
What facilities are there?
- Toilets (20p entry)
- Tennis courts
- Children’s Play Area
Sydney Gardens National Lottery Heritage Fund Project
In February 2019 we were successful in our Round 2 application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund with a £2.7 million grant. We have secured a total of £3.4 million of funding to improve the historic park.
Find out more about the Sydney Gardens National Lottery Heritage Lottery Funded Project.
The funding is being used to restore historic buildings, invest in landscaping works, renovate the play area for use by people of all ages and create new gardens alongside a programme of events and activities. The project will celebrate the fascinating history of the gardens, with its Cosmorama, Labyrinth, Merlins Swing, Concerts, Public Breakfasts, Galas and Illuminations.
Our project started the 'Delivery Phase' on 1st February 2019:
2019: Detailed technical design, programming of works, plus public events, activities, training and volunteering.
2020: Delivery of restoration, building works and landscaping throughout the year
2021: Completion of works with full activity and event programme.
What is happening now?
The original planning application for the restoration of Sydney Gardens was submitted on the 15th August 2018. We gained planning approval and listed building consent in October 2018 for the full scheme. We are currently waiting for the outcome of a follow up planning application: Sydney Gardens Project Additions following some further detailed design development. Both applications can be viewed on the B&NES Planning webpages. We are tendering the construction works during February and March 2020 and anticipate the restoration and build project will begin in the Spring of 2020.
Events and activities in Sydney Gardens
We are running a programme of activities and events for people of all ages and needs over our three year project from 2019 to 2021.
Go to Events and Activities in Sydney Gardens to see what's coming up.
Go to Sydney Gardening to find out about activities and training opportunities around gardening.
Get involved and keep in touch
Sign up to our mailing list to hear about upcoming events and activities, project update and about consultation events.
Contact our Community Ranger Sue Palmer with any comments or questions.
Join the Friends of Sydney Gardens and support your local park